ASHWAUBENON - Duplexes along Brookwood Drive are mostly empty now as the Green Bay Packers buy land for Titletown District townhouses.
The Packers acknowledged having purchase options on most of the duplexes between South Ridge Road and Marlee Lane on the south side of Brookwood. The team filed the acquisition of six of those properties with the Brown County Register of Deeds. They paid $1.5 million for the six parcels. They have, or will, buy others, but are not under a deadline to file the transactions.
The land totaled 1.5 acres and was assessed at $936,400. Taxes in 2015 totaled $18,441.The highest price paid was $268,500, and the lowest was $229,500.
Altogether, the Packers own 72.5 acres in Ashwaubenon west, east and south of Lambeau Field. The land was assessed at $45 million, and property taxes for 2015 were $965,174. The Packers paid $57.8 million for the land dating from their first acquisition in 1975.
Titletown District is a 35-acre commercial/recreational/residential development bounded primarily by South Ridge Road, Lombardi Avenue, Brookwood Drive and Marlee Lane. Its anchors include Lodge Kohler hotel, Hinterland Brewery and Bellin Health Sports Medicine and Orthopedics clinic, all of which are expected to open by the start of the 2017 NFL season. Ten acres in the middle of the development will be a park and plaza that will include a tubing hill, skating pond and trail, playgrounds and other amenities.
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The Packers have said they could build as many as 70 townhouses along both sides of Brookwood Drive on the south side of the district. Team officials plan to solicit ideas of residential developers to come up with a final design plan. They have indicated they probably will partner with one or more developers to carry out the plan.
Residential units in the district as a whole could include a mix of condos and apartments. Initial thinking is that the townhouses would be condos, with the Packers retaining ownership of the land. The condos would include bylaws prohibiting their use as gameday-only residences; in other words, party houses. The Packers want year-round occupancy.
Interest in living in the Titletown District prompted the Packers to acquire the additional Brookwood Drive properties, as did a desire to have more variety in prices and to have similar buildings on each side of the street. The team envisions urban-style, side-by-side buildings with stoops close to the street.